Duke of Edinburgh Award
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme has been running successfully at BCS
for several years. The national Award is a challenging programme of activities
which encourages participants to discover and develop personal interests and
social and practical skills, to help individuals or the community at large, to
improve their performance in a sport or physical activity, and to enjoy the spirit
of adventure and discovery in the outdoors. It is a magnificent opportunity to
achieve a nationally-recognised Award that is fun to take part in, will develop
character and life skills, can help other people and will be an impressive
contribution to qualifications and curriculum vitae when progressing with
education and career.
During the Spring and Summer terms of Year 9 pupils undertake a challenging
programme of outdoor adventure activities which provide training for the
expedition section of the Award. Enrolment into the Award is then offered towards the end of Year 9 with the intention of completing the final expedition by the end of this academic year. Time is available during Year 10 to complete the
introductory Bronze level and then move on to the Silver level, sympathetically integrated with preparation for
Bronze expeditions are undertaken on the Isle
of Purbeck and in the New Forest, becoming progressively more challenging in
preparation for those in wild country of Exmoor and the Brecon Beacons at
Silver level. Participants work within groups to acquire campcraft and
navigation skills. Early morning breakfasts, such as this one in the New
Forest, are the norm.
BCS is proud of the
relationship that it has nurtured with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
Most participants on the D of E Scheme at Bronze level undertake a programme of
classroom, swimming pool and beach training with officers, lifeboat crew and
lifeguards of the RNLI. In return the participants and the school raises funds
for the Poole-based charity through a sponsored swim.
Our Duke of Edinburgh’s Award participants really
are tough. They spent a cold March day with the RNLI Lifeguards on the local beach
at Sandbanks filming for an ITV documentary about the Duke of Edinburgh himself.
Our pupils provided footage to show how they enjoy participating in and gaining
from the Award which he set up half a century ago.